The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

GARY TROUSDALE, KIRK WISE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  , Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Screenplay by Tab Murphy, , , , Jonathan Roberts, based on the novel Notre Dame de Paris by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1996.  Golden Globe Awards 1996.  

Beautifully animated but overly serious Disney film loosely based on the classic Victor Hugo novel. The Hunchback (voiced by ) is now a lovable, cuddly guy living at the top of a cathedral who offers help to the sexy Esmerelda () when she inflames the passions of a sexually repressed bishop. A memorable score by Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz is a plus, but most adult viewers will be turned off by the cute supporting characters and pat happy ending that has been tacked on to this gothic classic of literature. Other voices include  and the late .

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